How to become a tutor
Tutor Application Process

Why be a tutor?

  • Tutoring is challenging, rewarding, and fun for both tutor and tutee.
  • Tutoring is an excellent way for students to gain experience and insight, especially if you are considering teaching as a career.
  • Tutoring experience is valuable for scholarship, college, and job applications as well as résumés.
  • Tutoring is a useful tool to gain in-depth knowledge in a variety of subject matters.
  • Tutoring gives you a rare opportunity to experience the dynamics of teamwork and thus contribute to the growth of the DVC campus community.
  • Trained tutors are paid $9.74 per hour.
  • Employment as a tutor satisfies work-study and CalWORKs employment requirements.


To qualify for a tutor position, you should:

  1. Earn a 'B' grade or better in the class you want to tutor.
  2. Receive a written recommendation from the instructor of each class you want to tutor.
  3. Attend a two-day intensive Tutor-Training Workshop  or a Tutor Training Class (Math 140 or English 140) before or during the semester when you are seeking employment.
  4. Speak, write, and understand English fluently and clearly.
  5. Be registered for 6 DVC-units minimum to qualify as a student worker. If you are an International Student, you must be registered for 12 units to qualify as a student worker.
  6. Not exceed 20 hours a week in your total workload on the DVC campus.
  7. Be eligible to work on campus.
  8. Make a commitment to work as a tutor for a minimum of two semesters.

If you meet the 8 qualifications listed above and are passionate about helping others, please fill out the attached application form, include a copy of your unofficial transcripts, and return to the tutoring lab where you want to work. Please have your instructor complete the recommendation letter form and ask your instructor to send it to the appropriate tutoring lab coordinator via campus mail.

After reviewing your application, you may be invited for an interview. If offered a position, you will be required to attend the next available Tutor Training class/workshop.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a DVC Tutor!


Application Form


FYI: The Math Lab requires separate application forms and procedures. Please contact Liling Lin in the Math Lab for more information.


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